‘Anyone but Man City!’: Adebayo Akinfenwa reveals Wycombe fears in Carabao Cup

Wycombe Wanderers legend Adebayo Akinfenwa has admitted that Man City were the one team they didn’t want to draw in the Carabao Cup.

City will host the Chairboys at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night as they begin their defence of the Carabao Cup, having won the tournament in each of the last four consecutive seasons.

But while Wycombe are underdogs against any Premier League side considering they currently play in League One, striker Akinfenwa who is nicknamed ‘The Beast’ for his unique size has admitted it was only City they didn’t want to face.

“In truth we wanted anyone but City!” Akinfenwa told City’s club website.

“Everyone knows we are going to be doing a lot of running around on Tuesday, but when you play in the lower leagues, you want to pit your wits against the biggest clubs you can, and there’s no doubt City are one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“When the draw was made it was all, ‘yeah! City at the Etihad Stadium!’ and then the realisation quickly sank in and it was more like, ‘boy, we may not see the ball very much!’.

“We are going to go into the game and just try and enjoy it as best we can and hopefully spring one or two surprises.

“We got back to winning ways against Charlton on Saturday and I’m sure there will be changes from the starting XI for that game on Tuesday, but we’re looking forward to it.”

Akinfenwa is now 39 years old and has spent the last six seasons with Wycombe, but he admits this is likely to be his last as a player. But after never playing against City in his career, he’s excited to play against the best in his final chapter.

“The truth is, you want to play against the best. I was watching the game and doing some research as well, saying ‘we can get at City this way or that way’ and then watched as City scored six goals.

“We won’t sit back and we’ll put our best foot forward and give it a good go and see what happens.”

“I’ve never played against City at home or away for any of the clubs I’ve played for so I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “I’ve said this is my final chapter, so to be going up against Pep Guardiola who I think is one of the best in the business, is fantastic.

“And it doesn’t matter what City team we play – A, B, C or D – we know it’s going to be something special, so I’m sure myself and the lads will really enjoy it.

“We are fans before the game, then during the 90 minutes, City are our opponents, then after the game we are fans again.”

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